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Heretics or Daughters of Israel?The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile$
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Renée Levine Melammed

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151671.001.0001

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The Inquisition and the Midwife

The Inquisition and the Midwife

(p.140) 7 The Inquisition and the Midwife
Heretics or Daughters of Israel?

Renée Levine Melammed

Oxford University Press

The chapter examines the trial proceedings of a midwife Beatriz Rodriguez whom the Archbishopric of Toledo were anxious to convict. The Inquisition collected information concerning this conversa for fifty years. The character and religious beliefs of a midwife were of utmost concern to the ecclesiastical authorities. The midwife was valued and trusted by the community; this situation presented a challenge to the Church, for “the acquisition of power by peasant women posed a threat to the Church.”

Keywords:   trial proceedings, midwife, Archbishopric, Inquisition, conversa

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